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deserving • pitch • hassle
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  2. The scholarship is meant for students.
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  4. There was a lot of about where the money was spent.
  5. Everyone definitely enjoyed the party last night.
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1120 World Cup City

Paul and Todd talk about what places are worthy of hosting the World Cup.

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I thought actually that the US was deserving.

Someone or something that is deserving should receive our help and support. Notice the following:

  1. I thought he was deserving of assistance.
  2. No one thought it was deserving of an Academy Award.


They seemed to have a really good sales pitch.

A pitch is similar in meaning to a presentation. Notice the following:

  1. That was a great sales pitch.
  2. The workshop was really just a sales pitch for the company's products.


Having the games so spread out is kind of a hassle.

Something that is a hassle is annoying or inconvenient to do. Notice the following:

  1. It's a hassle to get here during rush hour.
  2. I don't like the hassle of carrying my books around after class.


They have a very festive atmosphere.

Something festive is fun and lively. Notice the following:

  1. It was a less than festive event.
  2. Wow, that was a festive party last night, wasn't it?


There was a lot of skepticism about how they would handle the Olympics.

Skepticism is similar in meaning to doubt. It's most often negative. Notice the following:

  1. His explanation was met with skepticism.
  2. His explanation was met with doubt.